FAQs

What's the benefit of purchasing property at a real estate auction?

As a buyer, you determine the purchase price, not the seller. The open forum of an auction also allows you to see immediately the true market value of a property since you are getting first-hand knowledge of what others are willing to pay. Auctions also eliminate the uncertainty of long negotiation periods and reduce time to purchase the property.

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What kinds of property are available at auctions?

Available property includes homes, condominiums, investment properties, land and commercial/industrial property.

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Who buys at an auction?

Auctions attract the same cross section of people who buy real estate through other purchasing methods, ranging from first-time home buyers to professional investors.

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Who is Kennedy Wilson?

Based in Beverly Hills, Calif., Kennedy Wilson is the largest real estate auction marketing firm in the United States. Founded in 1977, Kennedy Wilson has successfully sold more than $10 billion in real estate auctions.

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Are auctions only used for distressed property?

Not at all! Property types include new homes and condos, luxury resort style homes, office and retail centers, land, among others.There are countless reasons for selling property using a variety of sales methods. An auction is simply alternative to other sales methods.

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Why is the owner selling at an auction?

The seller has made a business decision to market the property through the auction process because he or she feels this is the most effective way to sell the property. For sellers, auctions accelerate the sales process and they have confidence knowing that buyers are prepared to buy.

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What happens on auction day?

The process is exciting, fun, and simple. As a registered bidder for a live auction held in a ballroom, you will receive a "Bidder Package" when you arrive on auction day. When you wish to bid, simply hold up your bidder number, as this allows the auctioneer to know that you are bidding. Floormen are available to help you when they see that you wish to bid. Click here to learn more about the bidding process. As a bidder for a Probate Property held on-site, you will view the property and will show the auctioneer your ID, Cashier's Check, and blank personal check - then you will recieve a bidder card. The auction will begin promptly and move quickly. As a bidder for a Probate Property held in court, you will attend the hearing and approach the judge if you are interested in overbidding.

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Must I be present to bid?

Yes. However, you can appoint someone to act on your behalf with a notarized, specific power of attorney.

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Will you accept a sealed bid or offer prior to auction?

No. All bidding is done orally at the auction.

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Do you cooperate with outside real estate agents?

This varies by auction. Check the terms and conditions. In many cases, there is a commission offered to qualified buyer's agents. The buyer's agent must be present at the auction.

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Does my agent need to register with the auctioneer?

Yes, your agent must register the day of the sale. The real estate agent must also be present during the bidding and the completion of the paperwork immediately after the auction.

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Do I need to pre-register prior to auction day?

In most cases there is a pre-registration deadline. This helps us determine how many plan to attend. If you are bidding at a probate auction on-site or overbidding in court, you do not need to pre-register. You just need to show up with all the neccessary requirements (cashier's check, valid photo ID, blank personal check).

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Where do I register for the auction?

Register at the auction location (usually the property site, unless stated otherwise) or on BidKW.com.

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Can I bid subject to financing contingencies?

Please read the specific terms and conditions on each brochure as terms vary from sale to sale. If you are bidding on a probate property, there are NO FINANCING CONTIGENCIES.

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Will I be responsible for liens or back taxes owed on the property or will receive clear title to the property?

Unless otherwise noted on the Auction Brochure, Buyers will not be responsible for back taxes, liens, H.O.A. Dues, or any other monetary incumberances on the property purchased. Unless otherwise stated, the Seller will convey insurable title to the Buyer upon closing. 

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Do I need a deposit to bid on auction day?

Yes, to bid at each auction, you must have in your possession cash equivalents (ie. cashier's check) and a personal check for the balance of the required deposit. Check the terms for each auction. If you are bidding ON-SITE for a Probate Property, you must have a Cashier's Check made payable to KENNEDY WILSON in the amount of $5,000 and a blank personal check - we require a 10% deposit of the high bid which goes towards the purchase price ($5,000 Cashier's Check + the remaining balance to make up 10% in the form of the personal check). If you are bidding IN COURT for a Probate Property, you must have a Cashier's Check for 10% of the First Minimum Overbid made payable to "The Estate Of ________."

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If I would like to overbid on a Probate Property in court, how does this process work?

Each Probate Property is subject to court confirmation and overbidding which is held at the Los Angeles Court located at 111 N. Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles tupically 45-60 days after the ON-SITE sale. Higher bids may be accepted by the court if they are made in court and they are in an amount equal to the accepted bid, plus (5%) five percent of that amount plus $500. The court shall determine any further incremental successive overbidding amounts.

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Is the deposit refundable if I decide to change my mind?

With each successful bid, a buyer signs a purchase agreement, which is a binding contract. Buyer can forfeit all or part of their deposit if they do not complete their purchase as contracted. In some cases, there may be a rescission period stipulated in which a buyer is allowed to reconsider purchase without penalty. Beyond that period, the buyer is legally obligated to purchase.

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Do the properties offered have a previous asking price?

In most cases there is a previous asking/listing price for informational purposes only. This is not the reserve price. If it is a Probate Property you are inquiring about, the asking price you see is just a required field on the MLS and has no significance. 

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Do the properties have starting bids?

This varies by auction. In most cases there is a published starting bid. This is where the bidding will start. All bids are subject to meeting the reserve price. For Probate Property auctions on-site, there is NO starting bid - the auctioneer will ask the bidders where will open the bid. For Probate Property auctions in court, the Judge will begin the overbidding at 5% + $500 of whatever the high bid was on Auction Day.

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Are the properties open for inspection?

Yes. Please refer to the brochure for the specific open house schedule. However, for reasons beyond the seller's and Kennedy Wilson's control, the properties may not be available for inspection even if an open house has been scheduled.

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Can I have a home inspection company or termite company inspect the home prior to the auction?

Yes, we would prefer if you could schedule the inspection during the open house period. However, if this is not possible, we can set up an appointment with your inspector.

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Can I buy the property prior to the auction?

For most auctions, no, but each auction varies. 

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Do I need to have any forms or papers with me if I buy the property?

No, Kennedy Wilson will have all the necessary documents. The only information you will need to complete the documents are the following: vesting (how you are going to hold title), your address and phone number. If you are bidding on behalf of an LLC or Corporation, you must bring those official documents with you.

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How can I obtain a brochure?

You may obtain an auction brochure on BidKW.com by selecting on the correspondng auction.

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